Jun 27, 2013 - Hearing From God    12 Comments


Most recently I have been meditating on chapter three of the Book of Lamentations 3:21 This I recall to mind, therefore I have hope. 22 It is of The Lord’s mercies that we are not  consumed, because His compassions fail not.


They that lose hope feel and believe that they are a failure.  Hopeless people believe that they have let themselves and others down.  Their loss of hope clouds all reasonable thinking; the smallest of issues can become as heavy as a ball of steel.  Like a recking  ball, it pounds and destroys anything in it’s path.  Hopelessness starts out small in size and in weight, but if not dealt with in a timely fashion it will grow out of control.   Like a recking ball hopelessness picks up momentum as it travels.

Perhaps you have experienced what I have just described or maybe someone you know is currently experiencing hopelessness.  If we place our hope and trust in ourselves, people, places or things; sooner or later we will come under the yoke of hopelessness.  The prophet Jeremiah experienced this first hand as he looked down on the destruction of Israel from a hill top.  Jeremiah realized and meditated on the mercies of The Lord and how they are fresh every morning.  We would all do well to have Jeremiah’s perspective on the mercies of The Lord.

When was the last time you meditated on the tender mercies that you have received from the  Lord? And what did you do to deserve God’s mercies?  The funny thing about mercy is when we’ve been wronged we want and often demand justice. But when we’ve wronged others and face dire consequences we want mercy.  This very dilemma caused Jeremiah to reflect on the mercies of The Lord.  They are fresh every morning and without them we would all perish.

In our darkest despair there is always hope if we trust in The Lord. God’s help is not dependent on how righteous we are but how repenting our heart is. Are we willing to confess our sin and seek God’s help to turn from sin? It’s foolish to think you or I can muster or even muscle up enough strength to stand under the weakest of trials. “Let us lay aside every weight and sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1

Have you ever seen God work out a trial for your good?

As bad as things are, having the knowledge that they could be a whole lot worse if not for the mercies and grace of God, is a real eye opener. This is how it was for the prophet Jeremiah when he wrote Lamentations. The prophet Isaiah wrote: “They that wait upon The Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings of eagles.” Isaiah 40:31

We would do well to know the true nature of ourselves and how satan works against us and that our hope should always be in Christ Jesus, not people, places or things. Through the ages men and women have placed their hope in these and have been sorely disappointed. They have idolized places of worship, more then the creator. They have worshiped the created things more then God and have placed their hope in possessions which could not save them from their calamities. God’s compassion fails not; His mercies are fresh each morning.


  • Wonderful post Billy! Thanks for sharing with us! 🙂

  • Awesome message Billy!! May GOD continue to BLESS this new ministry and pray that souls will be saved and spirits renewed.Thank you.

    • Thank you for that prayer; I receive in the name of Jesus. Amen

  • Wonderful post Billy!! God’s word applys to the person who needs mercy and to the one saying, “Lord, how long?” Love the scripture reference and that it’s “hearty.” Great to dig into the Bible and come back for more after some

  • Insightful Brother. I’m sure God will use this to reach many others across time and space.

    • Thank you for taking time out to read my blog and encourage me, it is so deeply appreciated

  • One of the most difficult lessons to learn. When you are experiencing difficult times where does your hope come from? The man in me so often wants to power thru, make something happen. I am learning daily to put my trust in the Lord for I know he does strengthen me. In our meetings I look forward to hear your point of view because I know that it will be grounded in the Word. Everything always begins with, “Have you prayed about it?” I use it myself now when I talk to people. Be encouraged, because you encourage me.

    • Brother I can’t come up with the word to use to tell how much of what you just shared means to me. Iron sharpen iron and so I have been sharpen by you.

  • AMEN, Billy!

    Reading this “Mercies” blog helped me to realize and better understand what goes on inside my head (frustration, confusion, anger) whenever I take my eyes off Christ and start re-focusing on something else — even if that “something else” is simply an inexplicable foul mood and its cause(s). It’s a pattern (that I would dare say we all experience from time to time with our own personal “triggers”) that I have come to identify in myself over time. This more or less recent “identification” has empowered me to be more watchful (aka vigilant)…and more knowledgeable about what is going on inside myself when I get into a bad state of mind. Most importantly, I get better and better at successfully combatting it. Not surprisingly, the successful combat tactics are my coming to the realization that somehow and at some point, I took my eyes off of Christ and His word, and foolishly chose to mentally focus on the things of this world! In short time, though, my peace is restored because this realization always brings me back to my focus on my God and Savior, Jesus Christ and His unending mercy and grace toward me 🙂

    I’m not so sure that my response was the point of this Lamentations passage, but that is what this passage and blog stirred up in me.

    • Your response was perfect, it brought insight and wisdom that I will remember to share with others. Thank you.

  • Just enjoyed the” more of nothing ” blog. so very true. Thanks for the encouragement.

    • Thanks for your comments, your shared words let me know that God’s purpose is being fulfilled in my life; by using the gift of encouragement to bless others.

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